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From Bad to Worse: California Disasters… Story by Lydia Martin

Ever since October, California has found itself in a situation well known to the area, as large forest fires started to engulf the state. The fire area ranged from Northern California all the way down to San Diego and has caused at least $9.4 billion in damages to houses, cars, and other public buildings. People are without homes and food and others without family as the death toll is at least 44 people.

Up in flames… A firefighter puts out a flaming palm tree during the Thomas Fire. Photo by: Stuart Palley
Up in flames… A firefighter puts out a flaming palm tree during the Thomas Fire. Photo by: Stuart Palley

It has destroyed up to 281,893 acers making it the worst fire in California since the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889, which burned at least 300,000 acres. But this is not all.

At the beginning of January, there began a downpour of rain causing flood waters to rise and mud to accumulate and cause serious damage. At least 13 people are dead with those numbers expected to rise. Again, people are without homes and the area is a disaster. Sheriff of Santa Barbara County described the area: “It looked like a World War I battlefield. It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, down trees, power lines, wrecked cars — lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes.”

Search and rescue… A group of rescue workers lead a girl out of her collapsed house. Photo by: VenturaCoAirUnit

Rescue workers are out doing what they can to help the people in the area but California might struggle to overcome and recover from these catastrophes. It is especially difficult as the state has just come out of a record breaking drought, and has been ravaged by similar disasters in recent years.

People have been working together to help by opening places for people to stay, doing search and rescue and clearing debris from areas to make it safer. These people are helping those in need and that is a great thing and something that could be done something like this happened in the area. Many people are providing shelter, food and warmth for those in need. California is just one of many examples of catastrophes in our country and world.

 

Mr. Benage joins FBCS… Story by Aurora Reishus

There’s a new face at the Forrest Bird Charter School. This new face belongs to Mr. William (Bill) Benage, the new math teacher. Mr. Benage has been teaching since 1993, and before he became a teacher, he was in the U.S. Navy.

How good are you with money?... Mr. Benage teaches about car loans in his Personal Finance class.
How good are you with money?… Mr. Benage teaches about car loans in his Personal Finance class. .

When asked if Mr. Benage enjoyed his time in the Navy, he replied with a laugh and went on to say “I didn’t stay 29 years to say I didn’t like it; of course, I enjoyed it.” During those 29 years, Mr. Benage worked on a lot of things including guided missile systems.

Mr. Benage received some teaching experience while he was in the Navy. The experience of teaching in the Navy helped him make the choice to become a teacher later in life. “Getting ready to retire for the Navy I was looking around and went oh that’ll be fun to do,” exclaimed Mr. Benage.

Mr. Benage went to California State University in Long Beach where he received his Bachelor’s in Finance (1976), received his Master’s in Business Management from the University of Southern California (1977), and then received his Master’s for Engineering Science in 1989 from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Be a leader… Mr. Benage wraps up the meeting for Leadership Club.
Be a leader… Mr. Benage wraps up the meeting for Leadership Club.

As much as Mr. Benage enjoys teaching, there are other things outside of school that he enjoys. In his free time, Mr. Benage finds he enjoys gardening, raising poultry, and hanging out with his family. When Mr. Benage was younger, he was also into photography. Mr. Benage also contributes to the school community at FBCS as the advisor for the Leadership club. This is the club that will do many of the things that student council used to do (Click here to view the Harrison Report on Leadership club).

Although new to FBCS, Mr. Benage is not new to teaching. He has had a lot of life experience and is more than willing to find time to help people. If anyone has questions about a Military career, Mr. Benage is the person to ask.

All Photos by Aurora Reishus.